Welcome to The Joinville Project blog

The James Allen Family, Missionaries to Brazil since 1991.
www.thejoinvilleproject.com
Home Church: Victory Baptist Church of Loganville, GA. http://www.getvictoryinyourlife.com/

Mission Board: Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc.
http://www.mwbm.org/

"Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;" Romans 15:30 KJV



Monday, December 20, 2010

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Please copy the link below and past it into your browser to read our December prayer Letter.

Thank you

James Allen

http://www.thejoinvilleproject.com/uploads/December_PL.pdf
I have just uploaded our December Prayer Letter to our website. Please take a few minutes to read some highlights of the work in Joinville, Brazil. Thank you.

Please follow the link below to read:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am learning

“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”
Philippians 4:10-14.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the “state I am” in.
Teach me contentment.
Strengthen me to do this through You.
Give opportunity to those that will “communicate with my affliction”,
That I may rejoice in Thee greatly.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

“What a friend we have in Jesus”

Joseph Medlicott Scriven, (September 10, 1819, - August 10, 1886)

Joseph Scriven was born at Banbridge, Co. Down, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin and embraced the teachings of the Plymouth Brethren. He was known to be eccentric but was a born philanthropist and devoutly religious; he gave freely of what money he had, even his own clothing and his services to all poorer than himself who needed them. He died at Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

His fiancée drowned in 1845, the night before they were to be married. The grief-stricken young man moved to Canada. There he again fell in love, was due to be married and the young woman suddenly fell ill of pneumonia and died. He then devoted the rest of his life to helping others.

He wrote a poem to comfort his mother called "Pray Without Ceasing". It was later set to music and renamed by Charles Crozat Converse, becoming the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". (Wikipedia)

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

No matter what we’re going through, we can count on our true friend, Jesus.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ups & Downs of Missionary Life (Edited version)

Please do not misunderstand what I am about to share as “complaining”.
Wholeheartedly, I’m not. It is for information, and more importantly, prayer purposes only.

I noticed today that the US Dollar hit its lowest against the Brazilian Real in two years at R$1,66 for 1 USD.
So I looked through our financial books today and noticed that back in September of 2003 we were trading our US Dollars at about R$3,40 to one, with a high of R$3,90 to one.

Back then, we had full support. 100% of the Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc, recommended support level for a family of four in South America. Needless to say, at that time we were able to accomplish quite a bit as far as the ministry goes. We helped in purchasing church property, we built a parsonage and a multi use sports area for the church, and we were able to help buy vehicles for national missionaries and pastors among many other financial contributions to different needs. I thank God for those opportunities to give to His work and His laborers. To Him be glory and honor for anything He may have used us to accomplish.

Since then, as we all have noticed, the cost of living has increased dramatically. The MWBM recommended support level for a family of four is now 30% higher than it was in 2003, when we had 100% support, officially dropping our support level by that much (30%), although in practice we were already feeling the setback. Plus, during the years we lost some support due to the financial hardship of a few supporting churches.

So, when we went to the USA for furlough in June of 2009, we were at approximately 60% of the MWBM recommended support level for a family of four, and we are a family of six. I praise my Lord and Savior that during our 12 month furlough He gave us an increase of about 16%, and believe me, we roamed the country seeking this new support! This put us back at the 2003 level of support, which, as I have stated, is 30% lower than what it should be to cover the increase in cost of living for 2010. Confusing? I know, I’m living it.

But here is what I want you to see.
You take a 30% cut in your monthly income because of the “cost of living” increase.
Then you add to that another 57% drop in the currency exchange (R$3,90 to one in 2003, now R$1,66 to one).
What do you have?

An 87% drop in your buying power in just seven short years.

That puts us at 13% support!

LOL! (That’s exactly what I’m doing as I write this!)

That’s just one of the ups and downs of missionary life!
And I would not trade it for anything in this world!
I love it.
I thank God for counting me worthy, putting me into this ministry!

Thanks for your prayers.
And for those of you that give so that we may “go”, you are my heroes!
I love you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Joinville Project Special Needs

My family and I and some of our friends have been praying for these needs for some time now, and we would love it if you would pray about them with us too.

Copy and paste the link bellow and read about the Special Needs:

http://www.thejoinvilleproject.com/the_need.html

Thank you so much. The James Allen Family, Missionary to Joinville, Brazil.

www.thejoinvilleproject.com

October 2010 Prayer Letter

Joinville, October 05, 2010

Dear supporting friends and prayer partners,

First of all I thank you for your continued faithfulness in supporting our ministry here in Brazil. As many of you, we too are feeling the effects of the global financial crises and especially the strong devaluation of the US Dollar. Even so, we are doing our best to continue the work of the Lord knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is the Almighty, and in Him do we put our trust.

God is blessing the work here and I am so excited about how the Lord has been using His Word to touch people’s lives. I have had the opportunity to visit several families near our home. We sit at a table, or stand under a tree, drinking coffee and at some point during our conversations; God opens the door so that I may share the gospel message with them. It has been such an encouragement to see their receptiveness, but even as I speak the truth in love and through tears, it hurts so much to see them refuse to accept the free gift of salvation. Please pray for their eyes to be opened to the truth.

We have also witnessed the Lord’s presence in the services at Igreja Batista Vitória . He has given Ricardo and me the liberty to preach through the power of the Holy Spirit and He has been working in hearts. In September there were three ladies that trusted Christ as their Savior, and others that have re-committed their lives to the Lord. Many visitors have come and have heard the message of salvation. Please pray for a young man named Flavio who has been coming faithfully, that he will be saved and surrender his life to the Lord. We rejoice in the salvation of two young girls also, Sabrina and Lubia. Both we led to the Lord by my mother-in-law.

In the month of October we are preparing to move the location of the church to about a mile away from where we are now. The Lord has led us to make this decision, and we believe it to be His perfect will at this time. I ask that you please continue to pray that the Lord will provide a place of our own to meet. We continue to pray and give toward buying property for the Igreja Batista Vitória. If the Lord leads you to give toward this need, please send any amount to Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc. marked “The Joinville Project” and it will be placed in a separate account until we have enough funds to make the purchase. I thank those who have already given sacrificially toward this great need.

I would like to encourage you to please visit our web site, www.thejoinvilleproject.com to browse through the pages, pray for us, and pray for the several ministries here. Also, you can follow me on twitter if you like, and you can read my blog at www.thejoinvilleproject.blogspot.com E-mail me, and I will answer!

Thank you once again for your faithful financial support.
Thank you also for striving together with us in your prayers to God for us.

Occupying till He comes,

James and Soraia Allen

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sin phobia. (Revised edition)

No, I do not hate China, its people, or its culture. (Sinophobe)

But I do hate sin!

Some may define it as Hamartophobia – the fear of sin.

I like to define it as the “fear of God” – “the beginning of wisdom”.

Chuckcomeau, who has over 30,500 followers on twitter, states:

“Homophobia is repulsive and so lame. How can people lower themselves to hating someone because of their sexual orientation? Pathetic.”

So that’s what Homophobia means? “To hate someone because of their sexual orientation?”

Sexual orientation is defined by Wikipedia as “the direction of an individual's sexuality with respect to the sex of the persons the individual finds sexually attractive.”

Sexual orientation is defined by God as “you are either a male or a female. If you are a male, you must be sexually attracted to a female. If you are a female you must be sexually attracted to a male. To consent to any sexual attraction outside of this established truth is rebellion against God’s perfect plan for your life, and is sin.

Note: Deferent from what many may say, sexuality is not an “orientation” because it is not a “choice”. You may not "orient" your sexuality wherever you want to!

A man does not "choose" his male sexuality or a woman does not "choose" her female sexuality, it is God given. And the only choice in the matter is for a male to choose which woman to marry or a woman which man to marry.
You "choose" to do right or wrong.

I would like to make use of my right to free speech, just as Mr. Chuckmoreau did, and declare the truth about how I feel about a person that allows his or her carnal sexual desire to follow a lustful and misunderstood "orientation" into a homosexual lifestyle:

I love them, the persons.

First of all I want to clearly state the fact that I, as a true Christian, do not hate people that choose a lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or intersex lifestyle. I believe that they misunderstand what causes these wrong impulses.

I hate sin, all sin.

But just as clearly, I must declare that I must hate and repudiate all sin. And since the homosexual “choice” in lifestyle is one of absolute blatant rebellion and depravity of the natural sexuality created by God, I hate that lifestyle!

But I love and pray for those who have fallen into this satanic lie that is – that a person must follow the "orientation" of their sexuality no matter where it is directed.

We must submit our fleshly passions and desires to the perfect fact that God created man and woman, and these two only.
Furthermore, He created woman from the flesh of man, and then brought them together as one in marriage.
This is the only sexuality for humans approved and blessed with procreation and absolute fulfillment.

To be a “homosexual” is to go totally against one’s natural sexuality. It is to offend your own self, your personhood. It is as repulsive as someone that says he or she has a sexual attraction to an animal, and the only way that they can be satisfied is to have sexual intercourse with a dog, or a horse. So, am I a “bestialityphobe?”

Ok, what about the people that have a sexual attraction to little children?
Is that ok?
Am I a “pedophileophobe” for disapproving of this “choice” in sexual orientation?

And what about those parents who have sexual intercourse with their own children?
Society calls it “abuse”, and I agree 100% with that. But it is a “choice” made by people.

Oh, but that is not a “consensual” relationship you may say.
In America, if an 18 year old has “consensual” sex with a 13 year old, it is called “statutory rape” and not very “acceptable” in our society. But in other countries, every day grown men have sex with 13 year old girls, and it’s totally acceptable in their "society". Does that make it right? Well, what is “right”?

It seems to me that this is the true question in all sexual perversions.

I read this statement somewhere: “Sex is a gift from God; A wedding gift to a man and a woman in marriage!”
I agree with that statement.

It is perfect and holy in the eyes of Almighty God, (and man) for a man and his wife to have sex as much as they desire to. It is for the woman to enjoy. It is for the man to enjoy. And both share each other’s body and emotions in love.

Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

The problem is not just the homosexual lifestyle, or the bestiality lifestyle, or the pedophile sexual orientation, or even polygamy.
The problem is in the perversion of sexuality, manifested in any form, such as the ones mentioned above which can be defined as fornication, adultery, sodomy, prostitution, rape, and any other form of promiscuous behavior.

Note: By the way, you can “legalize” sin in mans eyes, but you will never make sin acceptable before God.

So it is very clear to me, as a Christian what true sexuality is, and I am perfectly fulfilled as a human being in the monogamous, God-given, heterosexual married relationship with my wife.
I "choose" to submit my sexuality to the "orientation" of God, my creator.

It is truly “pathetic” and sad to lower oneself into living a lifestyle that is unnatural and most importantly, ungodly.

Mr. Chuckcomeau, God loves you. He made you. One day you will face Him.
By the way, it’s not a choice either. Are you ready for that?

Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

My prayer is that you, and all people that are blinded by Satan, have your eyes opened to the truth.

Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Warning: Don't die without trusting in Jesus!

I was at the gas station today and while the attendant was filling up our VW van I noticed a warning sign posted near the gas pump. It was there, visible for all to read and be informed about the use and misuse of gasoline.

The first thing it said was that gasoline was to be used as fuel only.
For nothing else.
Then I noticed below, that there was another warning:
“If ingested, this product may cause death.”
There it was, in plain sight.
If you drink this stuff – your gonna die!!

I told the attendant,
“Some may say:”

“Now that’s too radical!”
“That’s offensive!”
“That’s not politically correct!”
“They should “water down” that warning!”

Then I continued talking to the man that was looking at me with a surprised look on his face;
“Want to hear something else that’s really radical?”
Here goes:

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

John 3:17-18, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Friend, the wrath of God abides on those who are in sin!
Your only hope is to trust in the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross in your place!

John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life!
Are you in Christ?

The attendant just looked at me and said;
"Well, you got to preach the truth, don’t you!?"

If warning people that they are on their way to Hell; and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ is “radical”, then I’ll bare that cross! What about you? Will you “post” the warning so all can see?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Eggs and Demons are at the gate!

This morning I stopped by our construction to check on things, and for the second time since I have noticed, there were raw eggs broken and spilled in some of the rooms and also on the front gate. I told a friend about it and he said; "It's the enemy".

I'm not a specialist on the subject by far, but I've lived enough to see this on many occasions here in Brazil. Spiritist groups often burn candles, spill alcoholic drinks, and use chickens, eggs and other animals and food to place spells, strongholds and other condemnations on people and their property. They do this because of different reasons such as spiritual battles against an enemy, because of envy, or just plain old hatred. The purpose is to bring physical, emotional or spiritual harm to their target and/or loved ones.

So, should I be scared out of my mind? Should I stop building and sell everything I own and move as far away as I can, and then change my name? (Sadly, that's exactly what some folks do, and have to do, because they do not have power to repel these attacks)

As for me and my house, "we will serve the Lord". You see, as my friend said to me, "It's the enemy", he also said another truth, "But greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world". I'm going to keep on serving the Almighty, Most High God that is with me all the time, no matter what the "enemy" may send my way.

I have learned that no matter what kind of battle we face, whether it be financial, physical, emotional, or raw eggs splattered all around the house, etc., there is but one "spiritual" solution: Trust God.

Psalm 3:3, “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”

II Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”

I Peter 3:12-13, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?”

I John 4:4-6, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."

II Corinthians 10:4-5, "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"

Please pray for us; the battle is raging! But our King is reining!

Romans 15:30, “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'll take One Million Dollars please.

Is it too much to ask? All I want is a Million or so Dollars, to do God's work here in Brazil! When Atheist Billionaires give 100s of Millions of Dollars (And even Billions) to organizations that push agendas that are, in many cases ungodly, I want to give all I have to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the World! What about you?

Follow this link - George Soros contributes 100 Million Dollars to Human Rights Watch: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3xIGMSqJ9dJw5GW7Gq5UCvgQrRQD9I3D8800

To send an investment, of any size, to The Joinville Project in Brazil, or to any of our many other missions project around the world, just contact Macedonia World Baptist Missions Inc. www.mwbm.org

Address: P.O. Box 519
Braselton, GA 30517 USA

Phone: 706-654-2818

Monday, September 13, 2010

I am so grateful for the working of the Lord in our services yesterday (09/12/2010).

We had six visitors in the evening service. One of the visitors, Ricardo and I had invited on Saturday visitation a week ago. She brought her two young daughters with her. She, along with two other ladies, accepted Christ as Savior. Praise the Lord.

(Picture is of the main street in the Adhemar Garcia neighborhood, Joinville)

Another young man that has been visiting also raised his hand for salvation during the invitation but did not follow through. I spoke with him and he has opened the door for me to visit him in his home. Pray for him, his name is Flavio.

I also had an unusual opportunity this morning (Monday) to visit with several families here in our neighborhood.
In each case, we sat and talked about many things, and eventually I was able to give a clear presentation of the Gospel. I had prayer with one family about a really bad “family feud” they are experiencing over a small piece of land.

For some folks, I drank too much coffee, but of course I don’t think that’s even possible!
Please pray for us as we lay the groundwork for the future church plant here in the Adhemar Garcia neighborhood of Joinville.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The heavens are declaring! Do you see His glory?

The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. 3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. 4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. 5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. 7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. 8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. 9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. 10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
(Psalm 97 KJV)

Praise the Lord!

(Picture: View form our window, overlooking Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Follow the mud trail

What? Did I hear someone complain about a crack in their cemented driveway?

Every time I leave the house to go anywhere I get to go mud bogging in my VW!!
Aren’t you at lease a wee bit jealous??

I'm loving it!

I'm thankful I don't have to walk through the mud, my bus takes me just fine, praise the Lord!

Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

True Treasure

Can you imagine finding a treasure chest full of silver and gold coins?
Today the current spot price of .999 fine silver is $18.47 per troy ounce
and .9999 (24 Karat) fine gold is going for $1,187.00 per ounce (monex.com).

If your treasure chest was big enough to fit one thousand one troy ounce coins of each precious metal, that would be valued at $1,205,470.00! (One million, two hundred and five thousand, four hundred and seventy Dollars)

That’s a pretty nice treasure chest don’t you think?

Well, what if in the treasure you found there were also Platinum and Palladium coins?
999.5 fine Platinum is going for $1,581.00 an ounce and the ounce of 999.5 pure Palladium is worth $502.00!

If you had one thousand one troy ounce coins of these precious metals also, that would bring your treasure’s value up to $3,288,470.00! That’s a bunch of Dollars! Imagine how happy you would be for finding that treasure chest!

Now imagine everything that you could buy with all that cash.

Are you done yet?

Well, now listen to this;

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.”
(Proverbs of Solomon 3:13-15 KJV)

Take it from the guy that knew a bit about silver and gold and every other precious thing on the face of the earth. Wisdom and understanding from God, surpass them all in value!

“Stay focused on the Creator of all the gold, silver, platinum and palladium, and He will make sure that you are filled with plenty!”

“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”(Proverbs of Solomon 3:9-10 KJV)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

On Saturday, July 31, 2010, our church hosted the regional Pastor's meeting and it was such a blessing.

41 people were present for the meeting.

First, Pr Jair, a missionary from Florianópolis, presented his work, and then Pr Vlademir from the city of Itajai preached a wonderful message from Psalm 57.

Then we all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the ladies of our church.

It was all just wonderful, and we praise the Lord for His blessings.


Last Thursday, July 29, 2010 we traveled to the city of Pinhais, just outside of the capital of the state of Parana, Curitiba. The Regular Baptist Bible Seminary is located there and that's were Matthew is now living and studying. He is so excited about being there too, and so are we. The official website for the school is http://www.sbrscuritiba.com/

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Good News From a Far Country

Today I would like to share an email that I sent out to some folks last week.

E-mail:

I have great news about Matthew.
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In short, he has surrendered his life to the Lord! Yes! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

We were having another “what are you going to do with your life” conversation and he just chocked up, his chin began to tremble and he couldn’t speak a word. Then finally through tears he said it: “I surrender!”

You can only imagine the tears and sobs and hugs and praises to God that Soraia and I dished out upon our son!
He humbly asked God for forgiveness and gave his life to Him in prayer. It was amazing to watch and hear.

He confessed to me that he felt "very uncomfortable" during the invitation that last night at the Macedonia Regional Conference. You know, the one at Pr. Worley’s Church in North Carolina. He can’t remember what the preacher preached, but one thing he is for sure about is that the Holy Spirit was dealing with him that night!

He has also accepted my recommendation that he go to the Bible school in Curitiba for at least six months in searching for God's will for him. The Bible seminary there is a wonderful school and it's only an hour and a half drive from Joinville.

Soraia and I are so very glad to see Matthew come to realize God’s working in his life.

Please continue to pray for us! We depend on it.

End of E-mail.

Yes, we are very glad with Matthew’s decision.
Even though he does not feel called to preach or missions, he does realize that he needs God’s direction in his life.
So I ask you to pray that the Lord will clearly show our son His perfect will for his life, and that Matthew will be submissive and obedient to the Lords leading.

Thank you.

Monday, July 12, 2010

I Choose Christ

I must simply state the fact that I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, more than anything! I pray that my life is pleasing unto Him. I choose to serve Him on purpose, and to present myself a living sacrifice unto Him because that is what He asks of me, but it’s no sacrifice, really, I love Him, and I want to please Him. I just needed to declare that tonight, after dealing with such ungodliness face to face. Lord, help me to be the last true Christian on earth if that's what it takes!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

All must be "with Christ" to be at peace with each other.

During my daily devotion time for the past few days I have been reading the book of Luke, and what a blessing it has been. Each day the Lord blesses me with something fresh and encouraging for the day. Today my reading was chapters 11-12. Among the many teachings in these two chapters, I especially noted verses 51-53 of chapter 12.

“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

I think of families were one or two have surrendered their lives to the Lord to honor and serve Him with their whole hearts and sadly suffer resistance and downright ugliness from their own loved ones.

Jesus said in 11:23; “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.”

This burdens my heart for my own family. I pray that all six of us will be “with Jesus” and for His kingdom, so that we will not be “against” each other in our “little kingdom” (our home) here on earth.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Return to Brazil

June 13 2010 was our last Sunday spent at our Home Church (at least for the next four years) and it was a wonderful Lord's Day. I thank the Lord for such a sweet Church family as Victory Baptist Church, Loganville, GA. Thank you Church for loving my family and me so much. Thank you for your prayers for us as we begin another term serving our Savior and Lord here in Brazil.

We miss you, love you and pray for you as you follow the Lord’s leadership there in the USA. Thank you Pastor Derik for your love and care demonstrated to us all. We love you.

James, Soraia, Matthew, Priscilla, Stephanie, and Frank Allen

Friday, May 14, 2010

Well, today is May 14, 2010. Of course you already know that! But do you know what that means for this missionary family? Huh? It means that in just thirty short days we will be catching a plan to Brazil.

Our furlough is winding down and we are packing our bags to return to the field, and we are so excited about it. I say this with utmost respect. Let me explain something here. When you hear us say "we are so ready to get back to Brazil," please don't get offended or misunderstand us!

When we say this we are NOT saying that we are "SO READY TO LEAVE AMERICA!"
What we are saying is that we are ready to get back to the work that God has called us to do. To preach the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost souls that are there. We say it in response to a Divine calling upon our lives without the which we would never leave this great land that we love!!

God bless America!
America bless God!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Put away all lying

Today during our family devotions I once again noticed a very interesting verse; Proverbs 12:22. It says this: "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight." Man! Can you imagine yourself being the perpetrator of an abomination to God? Check out this definition with synonyms of the word “abomination”:

1. Extreme hostility and dislike: abhorrence, antipathy, aversion, detestation, hate, hatred, horror, loathing, repellence, repellency, repugnance, repugnancy, repulsion, revulsion.
2. An object of extreme dislike: abhorrence, anathema, aversion, detestation execration, hate. (answers.com)

It’s pretty clear to me that God does not like lies! In fact, I would say that He flat out hates, abhors and detests lies!
Take a good look at your KJV Bible and check out some other things that God considers abominations; it should help you never want to be a part of causing that kind of aversion and repugnancy from God.

The Apostle Paul was inspired by God to pen an Epistle to the Ephesians, who were a society that not only accepted lying as “normal” but in many cases preferred it over the truth. (Adam Clarke) In chapter 4 verses 17-25 he writes;

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” KJV

God help us as His children to never be an abomination to our own Father!
Let us "delight" our Lord with our constant truthfulness.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Furlough Report

You’re probably wondering; “where is this guy!”
Well, sometimes I wonder the same thing! Or maybe you don’t really care that much. Either way, I am sorry for taking so long to post on my blog. We have been very busy that’s for sure, in the work that is furlough. Sounds kind of funny to put those two words together, “work” and “furlough”, in light of their definition:

Work: Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something.
Furlough: A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces. A usually temporary layoff from work. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner. (Answers.com)

Since our arrival here in the United States on June 2nd, 2009, to the hugs and handshakes of some very special folks at the airport, we have reported of or presented our work in over 70 different Independent Baptist Churches in six states, participated in 11 missions conferences, several revival meetings, Homecomings, Jubilees, Fall Festivals and a few other special services such as Church Family game night, or Pastor’s meetings and fellowships. We’ve been to the Brazilian work my Father started in Alpharetta, GA for many services, singing and preaching in Portuguese to the very people that my heart aches to reach with the precious Gospel of Christ.

I’ve preached and witnessed of Christ also to Americans, Brazilians, Mexicans, Colombians, and Germans. (Some I did not even ask where they were from, just where they were going…) I’ve been privileged to see people respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction, and I’ve watched as that miracle of miracles happened right before my eyes; one moment a soul is dead in sin and bound for eternal damnation in Hell, and the next that same soul is saved, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, forgiven and on their way to eternal bliss in Heaven! Hallelujah! Glory to the Lamb! To be honest, it’s been a while, oh to see another soul saved today!

During our furlough we have had the privilege of being at our Home Church, Victory Baptist of Loganville, GA, for at least 21 services. I have been honored to preach God’s Word there twice. It was there too that I got in the way trying to plant some sod, we were blessed to be a part of the 09 mission's conference, I learned so much about the organization part of church in the staff meetings and I really messed up those guys at the training center trying to teach on the life of Paul. I’ve had the joy of going out on Family Involvement day a couple of times, I went to the Resurrection Sunday early service, and once got a Pounding from my whole Church Family!

Really, I would need to write a book in order to adequately express my gratitude to my Pastor and my Home Church Family. Even then it would need to be in several volumes, and it would still fall short.

No matter where I go, I am blessed to report with my head held high and my voice strong; “I am a second generation missionary to Brazil, with Macedonia World Baptist Missions out of Victory Baptist Church, Loganville, GA, Derik Lawrence is my Pastor.”

This furlough Stephanie had her tonsils removed, once being rushed to the Hospital Emergency Room at 4:00 in the morning due to excessive bleeding after the surgery.
I spent several weeks in physical therapy for my neck pain to no avail, it still hurts!
We stopped on the side of Interstate 95 in Virginia once to keep Frank from drowning in his own vomit!
We saw God miraculously free my Mother from critical injury, even death in an automobile accident.
And God allowed me to travel back to Brazil for two weeks with my Mom, and there we saw God do a wonderful work in the hearts of those we ministered to.

It’s been so good to be with my Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters on many occasions and fellowship with them in the back yard around the barbecue grill, the bountiful table and the broom stick. Lots of good memories…

We have traveled many, many miles, eaten too many hamburgers and fries, spent the night in some really awesome places and went to Wal-Mart so many times I feel like I deserve to have stock in the company!

So as I finish this inadequate and incomplete summery of our furlough I will say this; “Are we there yet?”

Oh! God is so good, all the time He is good!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jesus paid for yours!

I got up out of bed this morning and went to the bathroom. I know that sounds grotesque, and you really don’t care to read about my personal business, but please bear with me. So, upon completing my “business” I reached over to get the paper… that’s right, just like you do my friend… and THERE WAS NO PAPER!! You, more than likely, know exactly how I reacted to that most horrific of all tragedies – I let out a disgusted phrase like; “why in the world do people not replace the paper, why do I have to pay for somebody else’s mistake!”

Then, after recomposing myself from that despicable moment, I made my way to the kitchen to make some coffee. I noticed that the coffee maker was unplugged, so I plugged it back into the electrical outlet and proceeded to rinse out, and fill the coffee pot with water. When I poured the water into the coffee maker, it started spewing and spiting water everywhere, and dripping old coffee water onto my clean coffee pot and spilling over onto the counter. My reaction: “Why do people just unplug the coffee maker without turning it off? Everyone knows you’re supposed to turn the thing off! Why do I have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes!!?”

At that moment, I heard the Holy Spirit speaking softly to my heart these words: “Jesus paid for yours.”
WOW! As tears came to my eyes I thought: “My Savior volunteered to pay, not for my little petty oversights, but for all of my wicked and awful sin!” “He, that knew no sin, took upon Himself my shame, all because He loves me, and He never once complained.”

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 KLV

Conviction came swiftly to my heart and I was reminded of the following words: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“Thank you my dear Lord Jesus, for paying for my sin, and for forgiving me. Help me to be more like you.”

PS – You’re probably thinking; “you dummy, you’re supposed to make sure there’s toilet paper on the roll before you sit down, and you’re supposed to check if the coffee machine is on or not before you pour the water into it.”
My answer to you; “thanks for being like Jesus and forgiving me.”

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just a Thought on World Missions

"The single most indispensable factor in missions work is God's call upon a man to go, if you stick to that, the many other important factors will follow."

"Dear God, please call men to go into all the World and preach the Gospel to every creature, move upon these men to answer positively to that call, and please dear Lord, call upon Your Church to send them were You have called them to go and move upon them to answer positively to that call, because nothing less than the precious souls of men, women and children are at stake."

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

What a great service the Lord gave us at the Johnson Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Tennessee. It was a joy to meet Pr. Ted Pegram and the sweet folks of this church out in the Tennessee countryside.
Not even the snow flurries falling outside could chill the warmth that we felt among such kind people.

After church we enjoyed great fellowship and delicious food at the Dinner Bell Restaurant and General Store at exit 62 off I-75 in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Then we drove back toward Georgia stopping by the Harvest Baptist Church in Acworth for the evening service. Even though we just “dropped in”, Pr. Dan Reed gave me the opportunity to share with the Church Family what God is doing through us in Joinville. I praise the Lord for this Missions Hearted Church.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

On this day we were privileged to present our burden for the Brazilian people to the Catawba Falls Baptist Church in Old Fort, North Carolina. Pr. Phillip Wishon and all the Church Family were so kind and receptive. After church Pr. Wishon instructed us to stay at the fellowship hall and enjoy some delicious sandwiches, chips and sodas they had bought for us. We thank the Lord for His provision!

For the evening service we were blessed by the opportunity we were given to present our ministry to the Center Pigeon Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina. Pr. Allen Blanton and the precious folks at this church made us feel so very welcome. At one point Pr. Allen asked Priscilla to give a testimony. She was kind of caught off guard, but did a great job. It was so sweet to hear about her surrender to missions and her desire to follow the Lords leadership in her life. You know several of us were in tears over it.

After the service Pr. Allen and his wife Debbie took us to Pizza Hut. We enjoyed the great fellowship and some real good pizza too.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our trip back to the USA was a good one, praise the Lord, although just as we crossed over into Georgia air space Thursday morning we entered into some turbulence.

The funny thing about it is that I had just been given a cup of hot coffee, and it was very difficult keeping the coffee in the cup! Somehow though, I managed, but as soon as we flew out of the turbulence and it was smooth sailing, I placed my cup of hot coffee on my tray, and would you believe it, I managed to then spill it on my leg, and into my Mom’s carry-on bag, and on her purse!!

Mom, I’m truly sorry about that. Thanks for your sweet spirit of forgiveness, and for the wet wipes.

Thank you all for your prayers for Mom and I. Our trip to Brazil was absolutely terrific. We thank the Lord for watching over us and for bringing us back home safely. We praise the Lord for this opportunity that we were given to minister for Him these two weeks in Joinville.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The services at the Igreja Batista Vitória on Sunday, February 14 were a blessing. In the morning service the Lord helped me to preach on the subject "Compassion for souls” using Matthew 9:36, “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."

In the evening service the Lord laid a message on my heart about living a “Crucified” life, using Romans 6:1-11, and Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” KJV

In the Portuguese version of the Bible Galatians 2:20 states: “I am already crucified with Christ…” implying that Paul was dead to the Law, the World and to Sin – now!

The Holy Spirit moved in the service and several folks came to the alter to pray and others knelt to pray on their bench. It was one of those services that you long to happen every Sunday! Then we finished by celebrated the Lord’s Supper followed by a time of fellowship.

To God be honor and glory for all the great things He has done!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The men and ladies meetings were both a great blessing. We were encouraged by the participation of three area churches plus our own. The ladies said that Mom did a tremendous job with her lesson and testimony, and that it was such an encouragement to them.

The men also had a great time in the Word of God.
One local Pastor named Luiz brought two men from his church in the town of Pomerode to the meeting. They are both of German decent. I received an e-mail on Sunday saying that the message truly impacted their lives and that they talked about it the whole trip home.

Mom and I are so thankful to the Lord for allowing us to come to Joinville and even more thankful for Him using us to minister His Word to the precious people here. It is truly an honor.

Friday, February 12, 2010

On Thursday evening Mom and I visited Mrs. Edite and her son Eder. They were so happy to see us, as were we to see them. Mrs. Edite is a sweet lady that was saved several years ago and is a member of our church. Eder was saved a few months before his mother and is a very faithful man and has been greatly used of the Lord to bring other members of his family to Christ. He is our church treasurer.

Mrs. Edite has cancer that started in her Uterus and spread throughout her body. She is too weak to do surgery so they began chemotherapy on Wednesday of this week. She is 83 years old.

Since Eder accepted Christ as his savior he has prayed for the salvation of his two brothers and their families. His brother’s names are Edsom and Elvis. He told me that through his mother’s illness and her faith in the Lord these men are more open to the Gospel and have even participated in Bible reading with him. Please pray for the salvation of these men.

It was such an encouragement to me to see Eder and Mrs. Edite’s faith strengthened though this trial.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

On Wednesday morning first thing, I took the flat tire off the little borrowed Fiat car and carried it up the street about 800 yards to the “Borracheiro” (the guy that fixes flat tires). “Mikon”, (that’s the name of the young “Borracheiro”) began to fix the tire. Once again I thought, what an opportunity! So I took it and shared with him the Gospel while he worked. Come to find out he lives in the same neighborhood as our church, “Petrópolis”. Please pray for Mikon to be saved.

Thirty minutes later, I carried the repaired 13 inch tire and rim back to the house and quickly put it on the Fiat. I did all that so I could drive to the Auto-Electrician again today to get him to check the VW Kombi out. (I forgot to get his phone number the other day, and could not find it in the phone book)

The prognosis is grim! The same electrical part that we replaced on Monday had burnt up, so he replaced it with a new one within the guarantee (PTL). But, he explained that there is something else wrong with the van that is causing this to happen. After two days now in the shop, the verdict: The fuel injection module is defective and needs to be replaced. Translation so all of us can understand: $440.00. And a week for the part to arrive! (I have him looking for a cheaper part)

The Wednesday night service was a blessing. I thank the Lord for giving me the message and helping me to deliver it. After church, several of us were outside in front of the building when Rogério, the wrecker driver drove by. When he saw me, he pulled his truck over and backed up to where we were and I was able once again to give him a gospel track with the service times. He has promised to come. Please continue to pray for Rogério’s salvation.

I thank each of you that are praying with us as we serve the Lord here in Joinville.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


At about 6:15pm my Mom, my Mother-in-law and my Sister-in-law and I packed into the VW van, excited about the visit we were headed to at Ricardo and Monica’s house on the other side of town. We were all talking about what we were going to eat, and about the fellowship we would soon experience.

About half way there, the “Zombie” (well, that’s what my Dad calls it anyway, the real name is VW “Kombi”), quit running, just as we were crossing the railroad tracks. I quickly prayed, “Lord help me get this thing over the tracks please!” I tried to start the van and nothing. I tried again, and again – nothing. Once again I prayed; “Dear Lord, I need to at least get passed the train tracks, please help us!” I turned the key again, and glory to God!, it started and I was able to get across the tracks and off to the side of the street before it quit running again.

I got out of the van to check the engine compartment. (Men, you know, so it would at least look like I knew what I was doing, remember, there were three ladies in the van, including my Mother-in-law!) After confirming that I did not have a clue what went wrong, I walked over to the side of the van to inform the ladies we would have to call for help. As I was talking to them we all heard a loud horn blow, you know, the ones trains have, and we looked back and sure enough, a huge train crossed the intersection we had just came across! We all looked at each other with big smiles and took big breaths of relief! Praise the Lord.

Ricardo came over and took the ladies on to his house, while I called a wrecker to tow the van. Now I know that God has a purpose in everything that happens in our lives, so I prayed and asked Him to help me not miss what He had planned for me through this. It became clear to me His plan as soon as I got into the tow truck with Rogério, the owner/operator. What an open door to share the precious Gospel to this man. He was very attentive, asking several questions and then after unloading the van from off his truck, he asked about the service times at our church. He knows were it is, and he promised to come sometime.

Please pray for the salvation of this man, Rogério, the wrecker owner/operator.
Please pray for the repair of our “Zombie”, I mean “Kombi”.

By the way, Ricardo came over to take me to his apartment also and we all enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship, great pizza and some delicious ice cream together, it was just a bit later than planned. We were all praising God for His working through these unforeseen circumstances.

Monday, February 8, 2010


We had a great afternoon today in the nearby town of Piçarras. We visited Soraia’s Uncle Domingos and his family, and Soraia’s Aunt Odete and her family.

We had the privilege of witnessing to Domingo’s Mother-in-law who is a staunch Catholic.
(she is the one on the right of the picture)

She has a picture in her house of the Pope that takes up a fourth of her living room wall. Her name is Laura and she is 61 years old. Please pray that the Word of God that she heard today will work in her heart through this week, and that when we go back to visit again next Monday she will be ready to trust Christ as her savior.

It rained this afternoon and cooled things down a bit.
It is now 10:33pm and the temperature is 103 degrees Fahrenheit!
Praise the Lord for the air conditioning in my room!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Praise the Lord!

The service Sunday morning was wonderful.
It was so good to see everyone again at the Igreja Batista Vitória and share with them of the Lord’s blessings upon ours and their lives.
The Holy Spirit helped me in the preaching, and several folks told me later they were helped by the Word.

Sunday night I had the privilege to dedicate a little newborn baby.
Benedito, his wife Ana and their daughter Karine were all so proud of little Natã (Nathan).
Please pray for this dear family in our church, Banedito lost his job a few months ago and although he is constantly searching he has not been able to find a new one yet.

After the baby dedication I asked my Mother to give a testimony to the Church so she did. It was such a blessing. The folks were so glad to hear about how the Lord is working and encouraging Mom and all of the Allen family through some difficult times.

I told them that trials and temptations give us an opportunity to practice what we preach! Its one thing to SAY we live by faith, it’s totally another to actually LIVE by faith!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Praise the Lord again!

This morning I asked the Lord to direct my path to find someone nearby to fix our VW van. So after praying I left the house in search of an auto-electrician, that’s what they call a person that works on the electrical part of automobiles, in case you did not already know. The first one I checked with did not really want to help me because he would have to leave his shop. So I kept praying and searching.

The next one also did not want to go because that wasn’t his specialty, but he did tell me of a good auto-electrician I could use, and his shop is just a few blocks from my mother-in-law’s house. So I went to the shop named Neguinho’s Auto Eletrica, and spoke with “Neguinho” (whose real name is Valdercir, I finally found out) and he asked me were the van was and told me he would be there in 20 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later he was at the gate with his little scooter beeping the horn!
He checked the van and in about two minutes diagnosed the problem. So he rode off on his scooter returning shortly after to replace some electrical part and miraculously the van started!

Get this: The part cost $96.00. His work: $11.00!
In the States the values would be reversed!!

I thank the Lord for answering prayer and directing my path today.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

WOW!!! The heat here in Joinville is extreme!!
It feels like I am melting off my bones!!
Even so, it's wonderful to be here, and they have air conditioners in the rooms!! Hallelujah!!

Praise the Lord, both our flights went very well and we arrived in Joinville at 6:05pm on Friday, February 05, 2010.
Several of the folk from church picked Mom and I up at the airport yesterday. It was so good to see them. Others have called to say hello.

My VW van is out of service for the time being. Maybe I can get it fixed the first of next week. In the meantime, a lady from church, Mariza, has given us her car to use! How nice of her. You gotta love it! It’s a very compact 4 door fiat with a 1.0, yes that’s right, 1.0 liter engine! I won’t be drag racing anyone for sure, but I am very thankful for Mariza’s kindness.

I look forward to the services tomorrow at Igreja Batista Vitória. Please pray for me as I preach there in the morning and evening services.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Well, the day has come.
My Mother and I leave this evening at 7:35pm for a 2 week trip to Joinvile, Brazil.
Our hearts desire is to be used of the Lord during our stay.

The Lord willing, I will be preaching 6 or 7 times at the Igreja Batista Vitória (Victory Baptist Church) there in Joinville. On the 13th, they have planned a special regional ladies and men’s meeting to be held at 4:00 pm at the church in Joinville. Pray for my Mother as she ministers to the ladies and for me as I preach to the men.

I will also be dealing with several document issues and assessing the state of the construction on our house.
Please pray with us about this matter, we need to be able to finish the interior of the house in order to move in when we return from our furlough in June of this year. It will take about $15,000 to get the minimum done for the house to be ready for us to live in. I appreciate your prayers so much. This seems impossible to me, but I believe with all my heart that all things are possible with God, and nothing is impossible for Him!

I thank the Igreja Batista Brasileira Filadélfia (Philadelphia [Brazilian] Baptist Church) for giving me this opportunity to take this important trip.

To my family: I love you. I’ll see you guys in just a few days, the Lord willing.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


We are so very thankful today to the Lord for His protective hand upon our lives.

Last night, as my Mother was on her way to see her Mother at the nursing home, she stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Faith Baptist Church Rd and Highway 11 in Monroe, GA. She looked both ways, made sure no cars where coming, and proceeded to make a left turn onto Highway 11 when out of nowhere a black Ford pick-up truck hit her car practically head on as she turned into the turn lane!

Mom told us later she kept asking the Lord, “Where did he come from, where did he come from, I looked both ways, then looked again and made sure no one was coming!” Thank God for a witness! The driver of the vehicle just behind the pick-up testified to the police that the pick-up did not have its headlights on at the time of the accident.

The pick-up truck driver and his wife were taken to the Hospital, he had a miner cut on his forehead and she was disoriented due to hitting her head on the windshield. We pray the she will be ok.

Dad took Mom to the Hospital where she was examined and released without anything more that a sore spot on her left leg. They gave her some pain medication and she went home.

As you can see in the picture, Mom’s car, a Mercury Grand Marquise, was totally destroyed.

When my sister Laura called to tell me of the accident, this was my first thought; the devil knows that Mom is going to be a blessing to the folks in Brazil this week, so he is trying his best to hinder us from going. Well, as the apostle Paul said; “Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”

Lord, make us “ready to preach the gospel” to the folks that are at Joinville!
Allow that which we have “purposed” to do for you come to pass.
We ask that you give is a prosperous journey by your will.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well praise the Lord!

I just spoke with my Mother and she told me her interview at the Brazilian consulate went very well.
They gave her a five year visa that she can use up to 180 days a year and they gave it to her today!
Normally you have to go back the next day to pick up your passport with the visa.
Then, when they found out that she had a son born in Brazil, (Andrew) they told her because of that she could apply to renew her permanent visa!

All we have to do now is pack…
Thank you all for your prayers, and please keep praying for us.
Our desire is to be a blessing, and bear fruit for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Please pray also for my family here in the USA.
I miss them already.

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January 30, 2010

We spent a wonderful afternoon at my parent’s house with all the family.
We celebrated Luke’s 15th birthday and Timothy’s 24th birthday.
It was a blessing to spend time with my brothers and sisters and their families.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It was such a blessing to be able to go to our Home Church today.
We love Victory Baptist Church in Loganville, GA.
The Sunday school lesson by Brother Mark was so encouraging, about “Burdens, what to do with them”.

Then at 11:00, we experienced the wonderful VBC choir, and Pr. Derik preached a message that stirred my heart about “Laboring more abundantly” asking the question: “Is it really worth it?” The answer: Yes, Absolutely! It is worth going after the “one” that is “wondering” away from the fold! It is worth it because of the “worth” of the sheep to the Lord. Thank you Pastor for your faithfulness in preaching His Word.

After lunch we all went to visit Me Maw at the nursing home. It was good to spend precious moments with such a special lady.

We went back to VBC Sunday evening for yet another great message, this time by Brother Josh Ayers.
Man, we were blessed to be there! After the preaching, it was a joy to partake of the Lord’s Supper at our Home Church. It was great to have my Brother Scott and his family and my sister Laura there also.

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 24-29, 2010

January 24, 2010

We had a wonderful time in the Lord at Crossroads Bible Church in Elkton, MD.
In the combined Adult Sunday School class, we were given the opportunity to show our DVD and Soraia gave her testimony. Then I preached a three point message in three minutes!!

During the 11 O’clock service, with nearly 700 people present, Pr. Tim gave me 5 minutes to present the work in Brazil. Talk about feeling the heat! Man, that spotlight was hot! But the Lord gave me what to say and the words came out according to His will! (I say that because I couldn’t do it on my own!)

January 25, 2010

On our way back to Georgia we stopped in Washington DC and visited several of the monuments and memorials downtown; then ended our tour at the Arlington National Cemetery. It was a memorable time in our great nation’s capital. I asked about him, but did not get to see President Obama.

We spent the night at the home of a friend that is also an MK.
His parents were missionaries to Brazil for many years.

January 26, 2010

This day was spent in the van, Cracker Barrel, and Chic-fil-a, twice! (Because they always have a life saving indoor playground!) We made it home late that night. Praise the Lord for His protection.

January 27, 2010

Worked at home, getting things ready for my trip to Brazil next week. We visited with Dad and Me Maw for a while that afternoon. Dad is much better, not quite 100%, but much better, praise the Lord.
I led the singing and took the prayer request at my Dad’s Church that night. Scott preached a great message.

January 28, 2010

Today several of us went to help my Mom and Dad take Me Maw to the nursing home located about a mile from their house. Though this is a difficult decision, we are thankful for the Lord opening this door for our family. Thank you all for your prayers.

January 29, 2010

My cousin Larry, who is only 44 years old, had his third heart attack last night, so my brother Scott, my son Matthew and I traveled to the hospital in Carrolton, GA (close to the Alabama state line) to visit with him. We had a great opportunity to present the Gospel to him, and incredibly, unbelievably, he is still holding on to his way of life!!

Please pray for Larry. I hope the Lord gives him another opportunity to trust in Christ as his Savior. You know, a forth heart attack might be the last one…

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Got several things done today, praise the Lord.
Among other things, I typed, printed, signed, folded, stuffed, sealed, stamped and mailed a bunch of "thank you" letters for past meetings we have been in and a confirmation letter for a scheduled meeting in Tennessee! PTL!

Later I dropped by to see how Dad was doing. Thank the Lord he is a bit better today, the fever is gone and he is eating. Thank you for praying for him. Please continue to pray for his full recovery.

Mom is doing ok also. Matthew went over to help her check in on Uncle Lamar who lives alone in an apartment not too far from Mom and Dad’s place.

Me Maw was looking better today. She talked with me and smiled a bit.

I spent some time this afternoon with my four year old daughter.
She was with me when we visited Me Maw and Paw Paw and Maw Maw!
Then we went to Bulldog Tire in Monroe to get an alignment and tires balanced on the van.
They offer free popcorn to the customers, and boy, did that little customer eat some popcorn! It was almost embarrassing, if it weren’t for the fact that I was eating more that she was!
All that was fun, but she especially enjoyed the “car wash” that we experienced earlier at Wow Express on Hwy 11.

Tomorrow morning around 4:00am we plan on leaving for Elkton Maryland.
We will be at Crossroads Baptist Church on Sunday and are looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us. Soraia has been at home extremely busy packing and getting things ready for our trip. She is an extraordinary lady!

Thank you for your prayers as we travel and minister in this supporting church.
Have a great weekend and an encouraging, edifying, learning, God honoring, Spirit filled, soul saving Sunday!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Praise the Lord my Dad is feeling better!
I took him to the Dr’s office once again and his white blood cells were down, which is good in his case.
He was glad that he did not have to lie to his Dr. about how he feels in order to stay out of the Hospital!! (Joking)

I helped Mom fill out the paper work on the Brazilian consulate web site to request her visa.
We also sent the consulate an e-mail requesting an appointment to be scheduled for the visa request.
We are now in the waiting period, and waiting… and waiting… and waiting…

Please Lord, intervene on our behalf!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
My Dad was very sick and needed to see a Doctor, so we went over to their house that afternoon to care for my grandmother so Mom could take him to the Dr’s office. During that time I spent several hours making phone calls and e-mailing different organizations just trying to get information about Mom’s visa from the Brazilian consulate. We are not sure if her “permanent visa” is still good because she has stayed out of the country for more than two years. We ended up staying there till late that evening helping lessen the load on my Mom.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This morning I spent a good bit of time praying and searching. I will be preaching several (6 or 7) times next month at our church in Brazil, the Lord willing. I am looking forward to this awesome privilege! I love those precious people in Joinville, and am begging God to help me to be a blessing and encouragement to their lives.

Dad is still in lots of pain and running a fever. I helped Mom again with some simple chores like getting a Chick-fil-a sandwich and tea plus some mashed potatoes and coleslaw from KFC for my grandmother. We had to sit Me Maw (that’s what we call Grandmother) up on her bed several times because she kept sliding down to the edge. She keeps talking to people that are not there, and she was trying profusely to change a baby’s diaper – her pillow! I could not help but cry as I saw my precious grandmother in this condition.

Then later that afternoon I took my Dad back to his Doctor. She is not really sure were the infection is coming from; she thinks it is either a kidney or bladder infection. If Dad’s white blood count is not down by Thursday, she is going to put him in the Hospital. Dad told me on the way home that he is seriously thinking about lying to her about feeling better just to stay out of the Hospital!! (He was joking of course).

Due to his illness, Dad asked me to preach for him at the Brazilian church, so my family and I went to Alpharetta and took care of the service there. It was a blessing.

Please pray with us for my Dad’s health, my Me Maw, and especially for my Mother, all of this weighs heavy on her physically and emotionally.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
For Sunday School and the AM service we dropped in at Light of Calvary Baptist Church in Conyers, GA.
Pr. Terry Brock let us sing and gave me time to report of the work in Brazil.

For the evening service we traveled to Glennville, GA for a scheduled meeting at the Watermelon Creek Baptist Church. We showed our DVD presentation, Soraia gave her testimony and sang with Priscilla, and then I had the opportunity to preach. God gave me good liberty and several folks responded to the invitation. Praise the Lord. It was good to meet Pr. Steve Miller and his sweet family for the first time.
We traveled back home that night, arriving around 1:00am.

Obs. We saw several Deer beside the road that night, thank the Lord for His protection.

Monday – Wednesday, January 11-13
We traveled to Gospel Light Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC for their mission’s conference. We were there through Wednesday night. What a blessing! We had the opportunity to give testimonies, sing and I preached Wednesday morning, praise the Lord once again for His working in lives.

Thursday and Friday January 14-15
We were to be in Travelers Rest SC at Bethany Baptist Church mission’s conference but Pr. Jeremy Chism called Wednesday to let me know they had cancelled their conference due to the tragic death of a lady in a car crash from their church. Her 12 year old daughter was also in the car and was still in intensive care and needs our prayers. We are also praying for the lady’s husband and 14 year old son and their Church family.

Obs. The sweet family we were staying with during the conference at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Salisbury offered to let us stay with them for those two day, so we did. We had a great time of fellowship with Brother David and Sister Donna Cranfield and their son Keith.

Saturday – Sunday, January 16-17
We traveled from Salisbury NC to Marion VA, checked in to the Comfort Inn then had supper and good fellowship with Pr. Gary Trout of the Calvary Baptist Church there. Sunday morning I had the privilege of speaking in one of their adult Sunday School classes, mainly answering questions and talking about life as a missionary in Brazil. It was very enjoyable and the folks responded well. I also was able to show our DVD, Soraia and Priscilla sang, and then I preached. I thank the Lord for giving me liberty and peace with the message. He moved in hearts and some folks came to the alter to pray. Once again, praise the Lord for His working. Some folks from the church had fixed a delicious meal that we eat in the Family Life Center.

That Sunday afternoon we traveled to Salem VA, to the Southside Baptist Church. I had not been able to reach Pr. Bill Atkins on the phone so I had written him a letter explaining that I would be in Virginia on this date, and asked him if it was ok to come be with them that night. He was surprises to see us. He did let us sing and give testimony, then he asked me if I had a message, I said “several” he said, “oh we just want to hear one!” So I had the opportunity to preach and the Lord blessed in a great way. Then Pr. Atkins offered the fellowship hall for us to spend the night. It was a blessing.

Monday, January 18, 2010
We spent this day traveling back to Georgia. It is good to be home for a few days to take care of many things before we travel to Maryland on Saturday, January 23, 2010.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dr. Phillip R. Allen, Faithful Servant of God

On Sunday, December 27, 2009, my Father Dr. Phillip R. Allen celebrated his 70th birthday.

I had the privilege of preaching at the Brazilian ministry in Alpharetta GA where they had a birthday party for him. We ate lots of Brazilian finger foods and plenty of cake and we drank guaraná, a Brazilian soft drink similar to ginger ale.

Several folks gave my Dad gifts and spoke sweet words to him that night.
It was a joy to see honor be given to a faithful man of God.

This morning as I read the first few chapters of the Gospel of John, I was reminded of a time not too long ago that some folks were being critical of Dr. Phillip’s ministry to the Brazilian community in Alpharetta.

It does not matter what was said or who said it, and I would not dare to criticize one person here, but I remember sending a letter of encouragement to my Dad at that time, and I want to share it with whoever would like to read it.

It is a bit lengthy but I think my Father is worth the few minutes it would take to read.
(Isn’t it funny how folks with short attention spans want you to listen to them? Just a thought)

Joinville, May 9, 2008

Good morning Dad,

You were heavy on my heart this morning, so I just want to encourage you a bit, and I do this in humbleness of heart, considering the fact that you are an inspiration to me!

I want you to see something I noticed in John chapter 4 today.
(I know you already know this, but I thought it to be really good for today)

So look at verse 3. It says, “He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.”

Do you know why Jesus left His beloved homeland here?

Look at verses 1-2, “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)”

I don’t want to focus on WHAT the Pharisees heard ABOUT Jesus, but the simple fact that Jesus knew that they HEARD it.
They HEARD something about Jesus, and evidently were not happy with it. And THAT, bothered the Lord.

Could it be possible for the Son of God to be out of His Fathers perfect will?
No way! I do not think that Jesus could possibly be out of God’s perfect will!

1 – I do believe Jesus was doing God’s perfect will in Judea, his own country!
(How could someone possibly not be happy with that! Unless THEY had a spiritual problem, which is the case.)

2 – But I also believe that Jesus did God’s perfect will in Samaria, don’t you? (See vs. 4-42)
(Notice especially verses 31-34)

3 – And He did God’s perfect will on the way back to Galilee too! (See vs. 46-54)

So why DID Jesus leave His homeland Judea?

Besides the fact that the Samaritans needed salvation, and the nobleman’s son needed healing, I think the answer is in verse 44; “For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.”

And I think verse 45 is very interesting too. It says; “Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did…”
(And notice that “…all the things that he did…” were done in Jerusalem!)

You know Dad, the Pharisees in verse 1, they just “heard” something about Jesus’ work.
But the Galileans in verse 45, they had “…seen all the things that he did…”

Dad, I want you to remember this today, and every day from henceforth, that the people of Altinópolis have seen your works, the folks of Orlândia have seen, twice, your works, the ones in Sinop, Serrana, Sertãozinho, Pontal, São Sebastião do Paraíso, Jacuí and Joinville have all seen your labor of love for the Lord! (Did I forget any?)

And every city in between these knows of your love for the Lord and the Brazilian people! (Besides many, many Pastors and Churches in the USA)
And there is a group of folks in Alpharetta, and consequently Ipameri and Goiânia, Curitiba and Natal that see your works too!
And may I remind you also that we “five Allen MKs” know exactly what you stand for!
And I don’t have to tell you that “Dr. Mom”, (a title she has deservedly earned) is with you all the way!
What’s best of all is the fact that if we all somehow go crazy and forget, Jesus knows your works!

Dad, I’m not saying that you should “leave” your “homeland” and come back to Brazil.
(Although that would be a great thing to do, but only if God leads you to do so)
What I am saying is, as long as you know that you are doing God’s perfect will, do it to the best of your ability, wherever that may lead you!

If the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, the perfect example to us all, left His homeland because He knew that some self-righteous religious folks “heard” something about him and his ministry, how could someone today even think about questioning your motives for what you are doing there!!

Besides, God is the one that must be pleased!
- 1Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
- Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

Remember what Jesus said; “… My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34.
And He said; “…Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21.

The Lord has “sent you” (and me) to do His perfect will in this WORLD!
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

So what is it to do missions? What little part of this big world is considered a mission field?
Is there no need to reach one lost soul in any part of this vast earth?

Did not the Lord say, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8. (That’s all at the same time!)

Hey Dad, let’s just “do the best we can with what we have were we are” for the Lord!
Let us be found faithful by Him! Praise His sweet Name!

I love you.
I am praying for you.

Your First of two, second generation missionaries to Brazil, (That’s because you are the generator!)

James Timothy Allen

PS – Romans 12:17, “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”